OK, so the crowd aren’t from the ’70s, but since there’s a Hippie Chick front and center flashing her double peace signs, that’s good enuff, ‘cuz what’s evident is the continuing exhilarating Spirit of Live Rock ‘n’ Roll performed at the Hollywood Palladium!
EXPERIENCE ROCK HISTORY!
The World Famous Hollywood Palladium!
From the 1940’s top Big Bands to the 1970’s top Rock Bands and beyond; the Hollywood Palladium and the nearby Hollywood Bowl have been the home to over 90% of Hollywood’s significant live music performances and events.
If you’ve ever been to the Hollywood Palladium you know that it’s a terrific venue for concerts. With a maximum capacity of 3,500 it’s just large enough to accommodate a select concentration of fans who made it their duty to their dedicated Rock ‘n’ Roll Soul to be there, that night, as well as small enough to create a relatively intimate party atmosphere where “the Bands and the Fans can Rock the House”.
Caught these guys at the Teenage Fair; a big event held once yearly back in the ‘60s at the Hollywood Palladium and sponsored by local radio stations with rides, concerts, booths and all things Teenage.
The “American Teenager” as an entity had reached such a status that events like this were supported by advertising and marketing that was geared toward us Baby Boomers and our vast numbers.
The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band were, from what I experienced, a “performance” band in that they integrated light and sound as well as smoke bombs and strobe lights for full cool psychedelic effect. We entered a huge blacked-out tent and as the WCPAEB performed, the strobe lights made the band members’ movements jerky and weird, then smoke bombs from behind the stage grew ever larger with each strobe illumination until the band was engulfed in a cloud that seemed alive! The cloud then continued to grow and move out over the audience in strobed monstrous leaps to the live amplified psychedelic music! Fun, huh?
After their performance we explored the rest of the Fair and went on that ride where you get inside a huge vertical cylinder and stand against the wall and the whole thing spins until the centrifugal force is such that they can drop the floor out from under you! The people across from you are pinned against the wall with no floor beneath them, just like you are! Fun, huh?
That is until the floor buckles on the way back up! It soon became apparent that we were in trouble; they couldn’t stop it or we’d all fall, so they slowed it down. Slowly, the weightier people began to slide down the side of the wall as gravity began to win out over centrifugal force but the lighter weight people still stayed against the wall!
It finally came down to one little girl who was still up against the wall as we were still slowly spinning. She was assisted down finally and when the spinning stopped they lowered a ladder down into the cylinder so that we could climb up to the entrance/exit! Fun, huh?
I bought a quality glossy black thick plastic (this was the ‘60s, we still had quality) German Helmet at the Teenage Fair; the Hell’s Angels were wearing them and they became very popular for street wear – I rocked that helmet, for a while.
WCPAEB Lineup: Michael Lloyd (vocals/guitar), Ron Morgan (lead guitar), Danny Harris (guitar), Shaun Harris (vocals/bass), Bob Markely (vocals), and either Hal Blaine or Jimmy Gordon (drums).
The ROLLING STONES
Exile On Main Street Tour
with Stevie Wonder
Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood (Capacity: 3,500)
Dreams can come true – the Rock Gods smiled upon us.
If you’ve ever been to the Hollywood Palladium you know that it’s a terrific venue for concerts. With a maximum capacity of 3,500; it’s just large enough to accommodate a select concentration of the dedicated tribe who made the cut, as well as small enough to create a relatively intimate party atmosphere where “the bands and the fans can rock the house”. With that in mind you may wonder, out of a population of seven million in L.A. county with at least a few hundred thousand Stones fans, how did I get tickets for myself and a group of close friends?
The tickets were available on a first come first serve basis from information in an ad in the L.A.Times Saturday edition. The first 3,500 people, whose check inside their mailed requests were received, got tickets.
I had an L.A.Times distributor connection and obtained a few Saturday copies on Friday night, around Midnight – I can clearly remember as if it was yesterday; I cut open a bundled stack of newspapers as if it was the lid on a treasure chest! And it was! A Rock ‘n’ Roll treasure chest! For inside were assured early-access-to-Stones-concert-tickets gold!
Friends were on stand-by and we had our requests for tickets in the mail before anyone else in L.A. even received the paper! That’s right, “we’re talkin’ ‘bout the Midnight Rambler; the one that scored ticket gold!”
Opening for the Stones was a legend, Stevie Wonder! I was twelve in 1963 when I first heard thirteen year old “Little” Stevie Wonder’s rousing “Fingertips (pt.2)” with the knockout harmonica! This night’s performance saw Stevie reveling in the success of his “Music of My Mind” and “Talking Book” highpoint, with “Living for the City” and the classic funk-electro-rocker “Superstition”,- what a thrill for real!
Once the Stones took the stage it was party time! Our group, about eight of us, had staked-out an area in the middle of the Palladium floor about ten to twenty deep back from the edge of the stage, perfect position to put us within 30 to 40 feet of the Stones the whole evening! This was during a good, clean, fun cocaine phase and we came prepared! There was no search-at-the-door back then and we literally crouched down and did cocaine pow-wows throughout the concert.
Mick and his band mates were hyped, they knew who they were about to perform for; that’s right, the hard-core L.A.Stones fan that made it to this concert!
Joints were passed; joints were received and the Stones rocked the house!
This was a rejuvenating time for the Stones with their double LP, “Exile on Main St.” as a return to their Rock ‘n’ Blues roots and punkish attitude that attracted us to them so much in the first place. Although initially panned, (we knew better) the “Exile On Main Street” LP rocked hard and dirty, just the way we liked our Stones – and is now not only considered a classic high-point but possibly the last “classic” Stones release to date.
So, we rocked just as hard ‘cuz from our viewpoint it literally felt as if the Stones were the live entertainment for a small party that got out of hand! Wow! Insane! The Best! Historic! World-Class Good Times! Imprinted Memories! Too cool!
To prove the intimacy of attending this concert of 3,500; the Stones next L.A.area gig was the Long Beach Arena (capacity: 13,500 – that’s 10,000 more than the Palladium)) and then two nights at the Forum, Inglewood (Capacity: 17,000 x 2).
So nearly 50,000 L.A. fans saw the Stones in 1972 – but only 3,500 saw them intimately.
Epilogue: A super rare, fun and memorable classic concert in Rock ‘n’ Roll History. Sigh.
Lineup: Mick Jagger (Vocals and Harmonica), Keith Richards (Guitars and Vocals), Mick Taylor (Guitars), Bill Wyman (Bass), Charlie Watts (Drums), Nicky Hopkins (Piano and Organ), Bobby Keyes (Saxophones), Jim Price (Trumpet and Trombone).
A Classic Kick-Ass Set: Brown Sugar, Bitch, Rocks Off, Gimme Shelter, Happy, Tumbling Dice, Sweet Virginia; You Can’t Always Get What You Want, All Down the Line, Midnight Rambler, Jumping Jack Flash, Street Fighting Man. Whew!
ZIGGY STARDUST and the SPIDERS from MARS
Farewell Tour – Aladdin Sane Tour
Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood (Capacity: 3,500)
Too bad about back-to-back Ziggys! Five months ago was Ziggy’s U.S. debut at the Santa Monica Civic.
This concert was the last time that David Bowie would perform as Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars in the U.S. – and – the last gig of this “Aladdin Sane” U.S. tour!
I love those “last gig of the tour” concerts; everyone gets really hyped, it’s like the special of the special – and it was and usually is! Every group wants a terrific send off and the way to insure that is to deliver.
Ziggy and the Spiders’ were no different – their send-off was a joyous, enthusiastic rock ‘n’ roll event!
This concert deserves an All-Time Top Ten award because of the obvious, plus, like the Stones in ’72 at the same venue as this (see: Top Ten Historic Classic Rock Concerts 1968-1972 # 2 and #1), if you get close enough; 20 to 30 feet from the stage, the entire concert takes on the intimacy of a party which once again created a really intimate concert. Rock Out!
The “A Clockwork Orange” Droogie theme was apparent from the start with the Wendy Carlos (then Walter Carlos) synth Intro to the film booming through the speakers! The concert was cool even before it started!
And what a show, yee gawdz! Check out the set list and you can see that he gave us a greatest hits send-off! Among the tunes featured were from the Aladdin Sane LP – Wow! – Bowie was a very refreshing solid rocker and under the glam and gender-bending were the raw rock basics that were being presented and delivered in a new way. I saw it as the natural progression from the shock of the original rocker of the ‘50s, to the shock of the hippie rocker of the ‘60s – so the shock of a gender-bender rocker in the ‘70s seemed just right.
This was a blast! I love David Bowie, what a talent!
All these ’60s and ’70s Rock ‘n’Roll Icons really spoke to me, the whole scene spoke to me and I am so very thankful to have been born exactly when I was – to put me at those historic concerts and here at this concert. Sigh.
So, needless to say, but I will, Bowie was in top form because he and the Spiders knew who they were performing for; 3,500 hard-core fans that made it to this last stop on the “Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars Farewell Tour” concert. Solid Rock History!
In the videos you can see the level of professionalism increase within just five months – in the confidence and precision of his delivery. Bowie’s a quick learner, duh!
Lineup: David Bowie (vocals, guitar, harmonica, saxophones), Mick Ronson (guitar, piano, vocals),Trevor Bolder (bass), Mick Woodmansey (drums), Mike Garson (piano),
Ken Fordham (saxophones, flutes), Brian Wilshaw (saxophone), Geoffrey MacCormack (back-up vocals), John Hutchinson (rhythm guitar).
Setlist: Let’s Spend the Night Together, Cracked Actor, Hang on to Yourself, Ziggy Stardust, Changes, Five Years, The Width of a Circle, Moon age Daydream, John I’m Only Dancing, The Jean Genie, Suffragette City, Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide, Soul Love, Space Oddity, My Death, Watch That Man, Panic in Detroit, Aladdin Sane, Drive In Saturday, The Prettiest Star, Time.
ROD STEWART & the FACES
“Host a Rock ‘n’ Roll Party”
Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood CA (Capacity: 3,500)
Here’s a quick history of the “Faces”: once they were “Small” with Steve Marriott singing “Itchy-Koo Park”, (a truly perfect example of a psychedelic single with innovative swooshing tape effects that fit perfectly during the year of the Summer of Love 1967). Marriott left to form Humble Pie with Peter Frampton and Rod Stewart left the Jeff Beck Group (to go solo – the Rod Stewart Album – what a gem!) and then to join future Stones’ band member Ron Wood’s “Faces” – Rod Stewart and the Faces, a perfect match!
Rod, Ronnie, Ian, Ron, Kenny and Tetsu understood the venue and started the “party” off with an opening act of Bagpipers – the crowd went wild!
And what’s a great party without booze? The lads provided “drinks on the house” all night long to everyone who cleared I.D. to the balcony bar level! Not just beer and wine but hard liquor for hard partyin’! The Faces were known to be serious hard partiers and created a rowdy and fun English pub atmosphere early on, which continued throughout the evening.
At twenty-two, I had gone through the drinking phase and had settled into a strict diet of cannabis, pharmaceuticals and psychotropics; but under these unique circumstances a couple of us headed for the balcony and ended up seeing most of the concert from there.
Please remember that this was back when Rod was a Rocker and not a ‘40s standards crooner. If you want to hear Rod at his very best listen to “The Rod Stewart Album” and of course “singer extraordinaire” on Jeff Beck’s “Truth” album – both classics of Rod at his best!
So here I am once again in the company of 3,500 die-hard Rock fans with Rod and the Faces and we’re all havin’ a ball! And from the looks of the cover of the LP they were featuring it could have been shot at the Hollywood Palladium the night of this concert – and – from about my viewpoint (only I was facing the stage – at an angle) – Trippy!
What a party! I mean, concert!
Line up: Rod Stewart (vocals), Ron Wood (guitar) Kenney Jones (drums), Ronnie Lane (bass, vocals)?, Ian Maclagan (keyboards),.
Lane quit in ’73 and was replaced by Tetsu Yamauchi. I don’t recall who played that night – see, that’s what happens when you drink, your memory fails, whereas the reason I can recall all of these concerts so well is that I preferred drugs, and for me they must have enhanced my sense of memory. Seriously.
Setlist: Stay With Me, I Wish It Would Rain, It’s All Over Now, Too Bad. Every Picture Tells A Story, Angel, Jealous Guy, I’d Rather Go Blind, Cut Across Shorty, Borstal Boy, Amazing Grace
Rod & the Faces – Great attitude, great fun, great rockers! Just like we saw them!
Unsolved Rock Cold Case #002
Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood CA (Capacity: 3,500)
This last entry is culled from the mystery files of the 1970’s Rock Concert & Culture Chronicles Rock Concert Mysteries!
00individual is a big Trower fan and immediately bought tickets to see him opening for Leslie West’s Mountain at the Hollywood Palladium on his “Bridge of Sighs” tour in mid (?) 1974.
Again, 00individual has a distinct memory of seeing Trower in 1974, and here’s why; “Bridge of Sighs!” 00individual and his concert cohort were so pure in our concert going that we didn’t want to taint our Trower experience and left before Mountain came on. Rock Snobs? Maybe, but by ’74 we knew the aesthetics of concertus maximus vibes and left high and satisfied with another mind-blower performance.
Unfortunately, not only does Trower tour dates not show this concert but neither does any Mountain/Leslie West websites! And what really hurts is that my buddy doesn’t remember it either. Now for most that would be enough – 00individual was just confused.
Confused, my ass! The memory of deciding to leave after Trower’s set was burned into the gray matter – for whatever psychological reason – and, of course Trower, Dewar and Isadore rippin’ it up at the Palladium – 00individual remembers it like it was yesterday!
00individual attended many more historic concerts at many different venues throughout the ’80s, 90s, ’00s . . .
. . . and in late ’94 00individual dropped his son and his friends off at the Hollywood Palladium to see Courtney Love and Hole while he went to Century City and caught the new just released film sensation, “Pulp Fiction”.
And later in ’98 00individual caught “Mezzanine-era” Massive Attack at the Palladium – excellent!
There was a huge issue that seems to have been resolved regarding the fate of this L.A. Icon.
As of October 1st, 2014 it appears that, like Rock ‘n’ Roll, it will forever stand –
albeit among towering mixed-use structures.
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